Social media and symbolic violence

Recuero, R. (2015). Social media and symbolic violence. Social Media + Society, 1(1),


Open access: Yes

Notes: In this short essay, Recuero emphasizes the importance of noting how social media enacts and expands symbolic violence. Drawing from Zizek, Bourdieu, and Foucault, the author sees symbolic violence as naturalizing and legitimating domination systems, highlighting its discursive nature.

Quote: “Not only is one person saying this, but rather hundreds of people are reinforcing this discourse, creating a knowledge (…) that this is how things are.” (p. 2)

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